Inspired by Boyz II Men

5 Jan

Motownphilly’s back again
Doin’ a little east coast song
Boyz II Men going off
Not too hard, not too soft

Um, yeah, I’ve had Motown Philly in my head all day. All frickin day.

 At first, it was awesome having an old school tune running through my head and I was surprised I remembered most of the words. But after a few hours, it got straight up annoying. No matter what annoying song I tried to think of, nothing would replace the Motown Philly. I even tried singing annoying songs like “Mony Mony”, “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” and “California Girls” (Katie Perry version of course) but nothing would stick. So I decided to go with the song and let it inspire my dinner—cheesesteak pizza!

I took about 4 oz of sandwich steak, sprinkled with Spike seasoning and cooked those suckers up on the stovetop while I had some Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough in the oven (I let it cook for three to four minutes before adding sauce and toppings).

And of course, couldn’t leave out the shroomies

Instead of sauce, I used two wedges of Laughing Cow cheese to spread on the pizza dough then topped with steak, shroomies and mozzarella cheese

Added slices of habanero peppers on top to let the flavor cook in (I don’t eat them since they are insanely hot!)

Delicious, cheesy pizza. I love the homemade stuff. Plus you can freeze pizza dough when you buy it so you don’t have to use the entire amount when you buy it!

And did you know that Boyz II Men have a love cruise?? One of my friends sent this to me last year when I was planning my birthday cruise but thankfully, I chose a normal cruise line. I wonder what the love cruise entails though? I think it’s interesting how they advertise it as Whether you’re in love or looking for love, Join the Boyz II Men “Love Cruise”

I don’t think I would like single ladies looking for potential suitors if I was on a love cruise with my man. Do they separate people, are certain decks for singles or couples? Do they have all the couples staying on the same floor so the sound of them boning doesn’t bother the single people? Or that could be vice versa I guess maybe it’s a boatful of boning. Are all the dishes lovey themed? Has a break up or  divorce ever been stemmed from a Boyz II Men cruise? What if your significant other had a traumatic Boyz II Men experience and you knew nothing about it and took them on the cruise? Do they only play Boyz II Men songs? Do other acts have their own cruise? And last, there are only three Boyz II Men in the pictures on the website,  weren’t there four Boyz II Men–what happened to the last one? So many questions I tell you.

I think this is the most I’ve talked about Boyz II Men in my entire life.

37 Responses to “Inspired by Boyz II Men”

  1. I cracked up at this post until I realized that Motown Philly was in my head. And I want a philly cheese steak sandwich NOW! 😦 hahaha.

    The love cruise? CREEP!

  2. I only remember “I’ll make love to you.” I’ve only paid attention to rock since an early age. 🙂

    How did you cut that habenero without getting the hot oils on your finger. I got it in my eye and on my lip once and they burned for DAYS.

    • simplyshaka at 4:04 pm #

      Not gonna lie, I forgot the gloves and couldn’t take out my contacts that night…eek!

  3. TheSceneFromMe at 7:57 pm #

    NKOTB has a cruise too! I’d love to go on that one!
    The pizza looks fab!
    One of the BoyzIIMen was a judge on The Sing Off, did you see him?

    • simplyshaka at 4:02 pm #

      I’ve never seen that show! I totally want to go on the NKOTB one!

  4. Oh Boyz II Men… they were one of my first favorite “hip hop” bands…

    Why do I keep passing up on putting peppers on my pizza? Why? I don’t get it. Yours looks so good!

    • simplyshaka at 4:02 pm #

      You need to take a chance on it….its yums I promise!

  5. This Italian Family at 9:53 pm #

    Oooh cheeeesiness pizza! Lovely 🙂

    And yeah, that cruise sounds like it’d be full of creepers… weird.

  6. Diana@mymarblerye at 10:32 pm #

    Boys 2 men will always make me think of awkward middle school dances! Damnnn this post was like boys2men to the max! Did u get a new job as their pr? Btw I wanna go on the johnmayer cruise he’s such a dbag but I’m intrigued

    • simplyshaka at 4:01 pm #

      God the boy plays a mean guitar but he is Mayor of doucheville. Get it….mayor….mayer? Crack myself up!

  7. I never thought about freezing pizza dough. Good to remember!

  8. Monique at 11:10 am #

    you can TOTALLY freeze the dough! I have dough in my freezer all the time!
    You can even cook the pizza and freeze that too for a quick fix din din!
    the philly pizza is gorgie. and I was gonna high five ya when i saw the habaneros… but you still get a high five for eating that much heat! W00t

    • simplyshaka at 3:59 pm #

      Ohhhh will have to get more and freeze those bad boys up!

  9. Nancy's Perfect 10 at 11:55 am #

    They have a cruise?? wow..I love Boys II Men but idk about a love cruise lol.

    That pizza looks delish girl!!

    • simplyshaka at 3:51 pm #

      Yeah I think it would be taking it to a completely different level of Boyz II Men love if you went on a cruise!

  10. Jen at 12:22 pm #

    You make me laugh every time I visit your blog!! Thanks for always putting a smile on my face 🙂

    Dammit. Now i’m sining Motown Philly…

  11. Hahaha- Yeah, I remember reading about their cruise a while back. I asked Doug if he would take me for Valentine’s Day. Denied.

    That pizza looks awesome. I love Philly Steak and I love pizza, so I think I need to make this happen soon!

    • simplyshaka at 3:48 pm #

      Awwww I’m now sad that he denied you of the Boyz II Men love happiness! You must try the pizza!

  12. hilarious; I haven’t thought about boyz ii men in forever!

  13. OliePants at 4:28 pm #

    OMG this is so funny that you wrote this because I just heard the Boyz II Men song “I’ll Make Love To You” in the car today!! Did I mention I hate when things are misspelled?! 🙂

    Love them though!

  14. Kace at 5:03 pm #

    You betta recognize!!!! haha I listend to that song yesterday too; it was my 90s playlist. Also, II was the first cd I ever bought; along with TLC CrazySexyCool and Aerosmith’s Get a Grip.

    I had eclectic taste in the third grade.

    • simplyshaka at 3:44 pm #

      Ahhhhh love those! I listened to both in middle school.

  15. wow that is such a smart idea to use the LC wedges instead of sauce – i’ll have to try that out next time i make some pizza

    • simplyshaka at 3:43 pm #

      Its great and a nice alternative to traditional sauce. I like to use it when I make buffalo chicken pizza as well.


    Hahaha, I totally have had that happen though where I can’t get a song out of my head, and it’s super annoying!

    We had pizza last night too! Multigrain with goats cheese and spinach and some caramelized onions. Yum!

    Oh, and a Boyz II Men Love Cruise??? How come this Philly girl never knew about that. Too funny!

    • simplyshaka at 3:41 pm #

      You and Michael but go and celebrate your love! Your pizza sounds pretty fantastic as well!

  17. fitinthemidwest at 10:09 pm #

    Now you’ve got that song in my head! This is embarrassing to admit, but remember the Full House episode where they do a dance to it? I used to try to copy that dance in the mirror. I know, total geek.

    • simplyshaka at 3:40 pm #

      I would do the same thing but I’m sad I don’t remember it….boooo!

  18. Ashleigh at 10:14 pm #

    That song always reminds me of Full House! I miss that show! I love pizza because you can always throw whatever you want on it and it’s delicious!

    • simplyshaka at 3:39 pm #

      You and Lisa mentioned the Full House bit within four minutes of each other…awesome!

  19. Alex at 11:42 pm #

    Holy Cannoli. What’s your Paypal address and how much for a slice??!

    I wish I had as much imagination as you did. The only thing that Boys II Men ever inspired me to do was to wear denim overalls and then bravely unlatch one of the sides.
    Damn you early 90’s!

    • simplyshaka at 1:04 am #

      Mmmmm….a cannoli sounds mighty fine right now.

      At least you did that instead of dressing like Kriss Kross….I hope! I cringe when I look at pictures of myself and sisters in the early 90’s, it was so terribly awkward.

  20. Shanna, like Banana at 11:48 pm #

    Old school songs get stuck in my head all day too! I can’t say they’ve inspired me to cook..maybe I need to listen to them better..haha!

    • simplyshaka at 3:38 pm #

      Cheeseburger in paradise will probably be the next one for me! 🙂 I say let the annoying songs inspire you.

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